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Politics & Government

CAMTC: Under the Gun, ABMP Says “Declare Victory and Move On.”

March 18, 2014
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I’ve spent the past day or so reviewing the CAMTC Sunset Review Report…at over 200 pages, it’s a narrative of the who, what, where, when, and why of the organization, which is now in its fifth year. California operates differently from the other regulated states. The CAMTC is not officially a state regulatory board....
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Massage Regulation: What is the Point?

March 11, 2014
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Seems like almost daily, on one of my networks, someone will post the question of “what good is massage regulation really doing?” They often throw up points like “prostitution still exists,” and of course it does and it always will. Other complaints are about how much money the state revenue department, or the licensing...
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ELAP: Now that I’ve read the whole thing…

February 16, 2014
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I spent most of my spare time during the past week reading the Final Report and the Entry-Level Education Blueprint of the ELAP. Again, I will offer my appreciation for the collaboration of the Coalition and the team that actually performed the work on this. It was a big project and obviously, people took...
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ELAP Final Report & Entry-Level Education Blueprint Released

February 11, 2014
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The Entry-Level Analysis Project Final Report and the Entry-Level Education Blueprint were released today, and it’s a whopper…266 pages in the Report, and 527 pages in the blueprint. Obviously, I haven’t read that all this morning. I do want to take the time to express my appreciation for the collaboration among the Coalition (ABMP,...
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AMTA: Questionable Behavior and Unanswered Questions

February 4, 2014
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It just pains me to write this blog. I’ve been an AMTA member for over ten years. I love my state chapter, and all the state chapters I’ve ever visited. I look forward to attending the National Convention every year and hanging out with a thousand or so friends and colleagues. It’s like a...
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CE: No Approval is Better than Faux Approval

January 29, 2014
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This is hardly the first time I’ve had gripes about the state of continuing education for massage therapists in the US. I’m not happy, and I haven’t been happy for a long time. I’m a CE provider myself, approved by the NCBTMB. That approval is accepted in many places, but there are some states...
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Here’s the Rub

January 19, 2014
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A couple of different things are bugging me today, so here’s the rub: The NCBTMB referring to their licensing exams as certification exams. There was a period of time when the licensing exams were referred to as the NESL–National Exam for State Licensing. National Certification, as it previously existed, was retired on Dec. 31,...
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The Financial Health of Our Organizations: NCBTMB

January 2, 2014
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Thank you for your interest in my annual reports on the financial status of the major non-profit organizations of the massage therapy profession. I am not an accountant or a financial expert. This information was taken directly from FORM 990, the Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, which is published on Guidestar. This...
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The Financial Health of Our Organizations: COMTA

December 17, 2013
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Thank you for your interest in my annual reports on the financial status of the major non-profit organizations of the massage therapy profession. I am not an accountant or a financial expert. This information was taken directly from FORM 990, the Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, which is published on Guidestar. This...
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Report from Seattle and Some Further Explanation

December 12, 2013
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I was invited to Seattle by Dr. Ravensara Travillian to speak at a fund-raising dinner this past Monday night, to kick off her efforts to get a university-level certificate massage program started. Dr. Christopher Moyer was the other invited speaker, so I felt like I was, as we say in the South, “in high...
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